Christmas Sights around Quebec City

Last weekend J and I escaped up north to Quebec City, Canada for a long weekend getaway.  While looking at the weather the week before, we quickly realized that it was going to be FREEZING and that changed our clothing prep big time.

Before I get into the exquisiteness of the city, I have to tell you about my boots.  I wanted something stylish, yet extremely warm, and after some research I realized that these JCrew boots were the winner.  I normally don’t do well with online shoe orders, but pulled the trigger anyway.  I was hoping they would work…and they did.  So the moral of the story is: if you need warm winter boots, these are amazing.  I wore them the entire weekend from day to night.  And I just checked, the entire site is 40% off with the code WHYWAIT.  They also come with red laces if you need a change of pace.  For reference…I am usually an 8.5 or 9, but I ordered a 10 so I could wear thick socks.  They worked perfectly!

Onto Quebec City – we stayed at the Marriott in old city just on the other side of the St. Jean’s Gate.  It was the perfect location and centrally located to walk around the city.  Our hotel window overlooked this little square called Place D’Youville on Rue Saint-Jean with an ice skating rink in the middle of it.  Can you imagine? A constant rotation of people would just gather with their skates and go for a little spin on the ice.  There were no ticket sales or snack bars…just the simplicity of an old fashioned rink.  I spent many, many minutes just watching the skaters from our room up above, and they ranged anywhere from young children to older adults.  I fell in love with everything about this scene and when I happened upon a little painting of the area at a quant art store in town, I bought it immediately and brought it home with us.  I am so looking forward to displaying it all winter long to serve as a constant reminder of our special time away.

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The rest of this post consists of pictures of holiday displays all around town.  The whole city was decked out for Christmas, and my jaw continued to drop (again and again) when turning every corner.  I was so sad to find out that we were a week too soon for the holiday festivities and the authentic European outdoor holiday market that was all set up and ready to go.

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The best little Christmas store…

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Other random gorgeous displays that caught my eye…

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The picturesque Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac….beautiful inside and out.

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Inside they had a gorgeous display of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses.  Each one was prettier than the next!

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More prettiness…

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We totally loved this weekend and want to go back soon.  The cold didn’t stop us one bit from exploring the city by foot.  On my next post I will talk about the cool food tour we tried and what we sampled along the way!  xo

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